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A Graphical View of Student Patterns in MOOCs. Last week Phil Hill wrote a blog post about four types of students in MOOCs.

A Graphical View of Student Patterns in MOOCs

He identified four types: Lurkers – This is the majority of students within xMOOCs, where people enroll but just observe or sample a few items at the most. The Plusses and Pitfalls of Teaching Online. Dan Ariely is not just a great and funny teacher, but he’s dedicated his life to making the world a somewhat better place.

The Plusses and Pitfalls of Teaching Online

To that end, he’s produced an online course on behavioral economics that already has attracted 140,000 students. Ilustration of Dan Ariely by Coursera. A Note from Paul Solman: Behavioral psychologist and good friend of Making Sense Dan Ariely has written today’s post, introducing his new free online course on behavioral economics. Dan was featured on The Business Desk most recently when he explained “Why Our Brains Might Not Be Able to Resist Black Friday” — that is, why some of us can’t stop shopping. It elaborated on an observation he made when we interviewed him, his kids and Sesame Street’s Grover, among others, about the nearly irresistible allure of instant gratification, a story subsequently sampled on the Stephen Colbert show, necessitating a response from myself, Dan and family.

Dan also appeared on PBS NewsHour during harder times. MOOC completion rates {Select only Coursera in facet Filter by platform} Atomic Training: BYOD By The Numbers. Infographic: How Has the Internet Changed Education? Email Share December 23, 2011 - by Sarah Cargill 0 Email Share At Getting Smart, we discuss often how the Internet, personal digital learning, social media and other technology tools are changing the face of education.

Infographic: How Has the Internet Changed Education?

Today, students have access to an abundance of information, knowledge and resources over the Web. Today’s infographic, “How has the Internet Changed Education?” Faculty and students in higher education are using social media, online videos, blogs and more to instruct students in classes. MIT Now Granting Official Certificates For Their Free Online Courses.

This is big.

MIT Now Granting Official Certificates For Their Free Online Courses

M.I.T., the hub of education and technology where innovations seem to happen on an hourly basis… has just unveiled the future of online education. Basically, you can now earn official credits toward an M.I.T. certificate by taking their free and online courses. Where Online Trainers Increase Connection, Engagement and Enjoyment. Daniel Pink's Think Tank: Flip-thinking – the new buzz word sweeping the US. The Lairds of Learning. How did academic publishers acquire these feudal powers?

The Lairds of Learning

By George Monbiot. Published in the Guardian 30th August 2011 Who are the most ruthless capitalists in the Western world? Whose monopolistic practices makes WalMart look like a corner shop and Rupert Murdoch look like a socialist? You won’t guess the answer in a month of Sundays. Everyone claims to agree that people should be encouraged to understand science and other academic research. You might resent Murdoch’s paywall policy, in which he charges £1 for 24 hours of access to the Times and Sunday Times.

The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning. Happy New Year to all.

The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning

You have no doubt noticed the change in the heading of the IRRODL website and perhaps you have also noticed the name change from "Distance" to "Distributed" Learning. These changes were made with support from UNESCO to emphasise an increased focus on "openness" and Open Educational Resources in particular as well as expanding the mandate of the journal beyond distance education to include a wider range of technology-assisted learning research. Evidence of Learning Online: Assessment Beyond The Paper. Assessment | Viewpoint Evidence of Learning Online: Assessment Beyond The Paper Discussions of technology strategy and planning for new media at colleges and universities are informed by many factors of higher education culture and the way its core constituents--faculty and students--work and learn.

Evidence of Learning Online: Assessment Beyond The Paper

One rapidly evolving area is online assessment, whether for fully online programs or for blended learning environments. Here, learning designer Judith Boettcher examines online assessment strategies beyond the traditional end-of-term paper. In designing courses for online environments we have been somewhat successful at scuttling closed-book exams for assessing student learning--largely due to the challenges of monitoring exams. How Technology Wires the Learning Brain. Kids between the ages of 8 and 18 spend 11.5 hours a day using technology — whether that’s computers, television, mobile phones, or video games – and usually more than one at a time.

How Technology Wires the Learning Brain

That’s a big chunk of their 15 or 16 waking hours. But does that spell doom for the next generation? Not necessarily, according to Dr. Gary Small, a neuroscientist and professor at UCLA, who spoke at the Learning & the Brain Conference last week. Does Technology Make Us More Productive Workers? - Technology. Technology has many benefits, one of which is to make us more efficient workers.

Does Technology Make Us More Productive Workers? - Technology

And throughout the 20th and 21st centuries, productivity has increased as technology has made it easier for us to work faster and connect with our fellow workers. This is a look at the United States's labor force's productivity—as expressed by a measurement of the output of workers as determined the U.S. government—and the technological advancements that have occurred during its growth. Student Research: Can Googling Replace $168 Intro to Psych Textbook? Electronic Textbooks | News Student Research: Can Googling Replace $168 Intro to Psych Textbook?

Student Research: Can Googling Replace $168 Intro to Psych Textbook?

By Dian Schaffhauser02/16/11 Students are taking the battle against high-priced textbooks into their own hands. This week, 11 University of Cincinnati seniors in the psychology program presented at an Educause event a comparison of the content of traditional college texts, one of which costs $168, to content they found for free on the Web. App Fusion: Learning Face-off with Facebook by Terrence Wing. "This is not to say that Facebook is the end-all and that you should abandon your LMS. There are privacy concerns with proprietary information that you need to consider. 7.012 Introduction to Biology, Fall 2.